Sangamon-Menard 4-H News
In This Issue
- 2018-2019 Online 4-H Enrollment!
- MISSION T.E.A.M. - 4-H Officer/Leadership Training:
- Attention all 8th Graders and Above, NOW is the Time to JOIN 4-H Federation!
- 4-H Archery Sessions:
- 4-H AIR PISTOL Sessions:
- Unit 16 4-H Horse Committee for 2019!
- Beef Weigh-in:
- The Sangamon County 4-H Foundation Annual Meeting
- 2019 4-H Shows Information:
- Sewing Workshop:
- 4-H LIVESTOCK JUDGING – LOOKING for a COACH and INTERESTED PARTICIPANTS
- Clover Spotlight!
- 2019 Youth Livestock Superhero Conference: It’s More than ‘Meats’ the Eye
- Begin your global travels with 4-H:
- Registration is OPEN! Join us for a trip to Washington!
- Neat opportunity for 4-H alum
- UPCOMING SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
- Club Meetings: An Essential Part of the 4-H Experience
- Mark Your Calendar:
- Non-Discrimination Statement
2018-2019 Online 4-H Enrollment!4-H Leaders either have, or soon will be, passing out guides at your meetings for directions on using 4HOnline to enroll or re-enroll. If you have not already done so, please enroll for the new year soon! We will be ordering the first round of 4-H project manuals on Monday, November 5th. If you want manuals, and did not request them when enrolling, please do so by November 4th. 4-H LEADERS NEED TO RE-ENROLL AS WELL! If you do not have access to a computer or would like assistance, please contact 4-H staff to set an appointment to enroll at the Extension office. Our first project manual order will include all those enrolled by November 4th. In order to be included in the second order, please re-enroll by the re-enrollment deadline of Dec 1st. We will also be updating our contact lists soon with new information, so you will want to re-enroll to stay on the contact lists to receive updates and newsletter notices.
MISSION T.E.A.M. - 4-H Officer/Leadership Training:Attention 4-H Club Officers, 4-H Club Leaders and Junior Leaders - or any youth interested in running for an office in the future! Join us for MISSION T.E.A.M. (T.hriving, E.nergizing, A.mazing, M.eetings) - our 2018 4-H Officer/Leadership Training. This exciting opportunity for youth AND Adult Leaders will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9 am - 1 pm at the Sangamon County Extension Office (700 S Airport Drive, Springfield) and Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 9 am - 1 pm at the Logan County Extension Office (980 N. Postville Drive, Lincoln, IL - NW Corner of Logan County Fairground). Choose EITHER training depending on what best fits your personal schedule! Lunch will be included. Join us to learn about leadership roles and how to work as a team to make your club meetings thriving, energizing, and amazing!!Register online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/? RegistrationID=17445
Attention all 8th Graders and Above, NOW is the Time to JOIN 4-H Federation!(Open to all Sangamon-Menard 4-Her's 8th grade and up!)
Mark your calendars for November 29, 2018 at 6pm at the Sangamon County Extension Office for the next Federation meeting. Following meetings will be held on the third Thursday of every month at 6pm. The purpose of being a member of Federation is to serve as advocates and role models, and educate youth and adults about the 4-H program. Federation members will represent and promote Sangamon Menard Counties 4-H and Illinois 4-H programs at various events such as the County Fairs and other local/regional 4-H events. Federation members are role models for other youth. They will be respectful, polite and helpful with other 4-H members, adult leaders, and Illinois Extension staff. Please contact Carissa Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, or to let her know you will be in attendance, or to request to be added to the list to receive reminders about 4-H Federation events.
4-H Archery Sessions:The first 6 week series of 4-H Archery sessions for 2019 has been scheduled to begin Wednesday, January 16. Youth who are 8 to 18 years old (age as of Sept. 1, 2018) are eligible to participate. Sessions will be held at Springfield Archery, 1550 Knights Recreation Drive, Springfield, IL 62711 from 6:30-7:30 PM on the following session dates: January 16, 23, 30 & February 6, 13, & 20. Participants are not required to have their own equipment. Space will be limited. Registration and further information will be available online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/ . Slots will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. Please contact Sharon Lounsberry at email@example.com or 217-782-4617, if you have questions about Shooting Sports programs.
4-H AIR PISTOL Sessions:This 4-H SPIN (Special Interest) Club will teach firearm safety, and basic shooting and sportsmanship skills using air pistols, and is open to youth ages 8-18 (age as of Sept. 1, 2018). Session Dates: Wednesday January 9, 16, 23, 30 and February 6 & 13, 6:00 -7:30 pm. All sessions will be held at Lefthanders Gun Club, 9364 Rhea Park Rd, Loami, IL 62661. Space will be limited. Registration and further information will be available online at www.web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/ or contact Sharon Lounsberry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-782-4617.
Unit 16 4-H Horse Committee for 2019!Help us make the Unit 16 4-H Horse Show even better for 2019 by joining the planning committee! The committee meets about four to six times and helps to choose classes, schedule of events, recruit volunteers, find judges, awards, learning opportunities, and more! All adult and youth committee members ages 12 and up are welcome! The first meeting will be held Monday, November 19th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Sangamon County Extension Office. Find out more and be added to the email list by contacting Carissa Davis at email@example.com
Beef Weigh-in:4-H members enrolled in the beef project, who wish to exhibit steers at the County 4-H Show or Illinois State Fair Junior Show, must have them weighed and tattooed (there will be no Market Heifer class at the State Fair or County 4-H Shows this year). You will have two weigh-in options offered this year by the LMS Unit. One will be Saturday, February 2, at Greenhaven Animal Clinic, Rte.136/east side of San Jose (time TBD); the second option will be Saturday, February 9, at the Petersburg Veterinary Clinic. It is preferred that you participate in the weigh-in that takes place in your county of membership when possible. Watch for registration details in the January/February 4-H Newsletter.
** Beef and Dairy Cows should be owned by January 1, 2019; Steers should be owned by February 1, 2019.
The Sangamon County 4-H Foundation Annual MeetingAll 4-H members, parents, leaders, and alumni are welcome to attend. It will be Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 at the Sangamon County Extension Office, 700 S Airport Drive, Springfield. The evening will start with a potluck at 6 pm. The Foundation will provide meat, table service and drinks. We ask that families in attendance please bring a side dish or dessert to share. We are also looking for volunteers for specific projects or committees, as well as board members. If you have questions, please contact Ethan Krone 899-8979 or Abby Hunt 971-1359.
2019 4-H Shows Information:Dates and times are still being finalized for individual shows, which will be announced as available. However, you can write in the Sangamon-Menard 4-H General Project Show for Saturday, July 6, 2019 and the Sangamon 4-H Livestock Shows down for July 6-7, 2019. ***We are always looking for more judges, superintendents, assistants, and other volunteers. If you would like to be involved, please contact Sharon Lounsberry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sangamon Livestock Superintendents' Meeting: Thurs, Dec 13 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Sangamon County Extension Office
- Menard Livestock Superintendents' Meeting: Mon, Dec 10 from6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Menard County Extension Office
- All General Project and Sangamon Livestock Superintendents' Meeting:Thursday, January 24, 2019 6 p.m. Sangamon County Extension Office
Sewing Workshop:U of I Extension 4-H, in cooperation with volunteers from the local American Sewing Guild chapter, are offering a 4-H Sewing Workshop for youth ages 8-18 (as of September1, 2018). This educational workshop will take place on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Sangamon County Extension Office (700 S. Airport Drive, Springfield, IL). Participants will need to bring a sack lunch, drinks will be provided. Sewing machines will be available for those who do not have their own machine to bring. This workshop is being offered free of charge, however each attendee will be provided a list of supplies they need to bring to the workshop. This year participants will be constructing a bag to hold wet swimming gear and a cover to wear over their swim suit/trunks. Participants will learn essential sewing skills such as how to coordinate fabric, follow a pattern, sew a seam, fundamentals and operations of a sewing machine, hand sewing, and more! This workshop is limited to 12 participants and the deadline to register is 1/20/19 or until filled. Register online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/. If you do not have computer access to register, please call 782-4617. If you have questions please contact Sharon Lounsberry, at email@example.com or 217-782-4617.
4-H LIVESTOCK JUDGING – LOOKING for a COACH and INTERESTED PARTICIPANTSThis year we are at a pivotal point in our 4-H Livestock Judging Program. We have been running it as a Unit 16 program, and having practice in Springfield. Anyone from Logan, Menard and Sangamon Counties could participate.
We would like to continue with that type of format & location, but this year Katie's schedule does not allow her to continue leading practice at the extension office in Springfield. So far, our search efforts for a replacement have failed. If you know of anyone who enjoys working with kids, has livestock judging experience, and would like to share their knowledge and experience with 4-H members, please contact Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 782-4617.
If we are not successful in our search, Katie King is willing to coach Unit 16 4-H members this year, if they are able to attend practices in Taylorville. She and her teaching partner coach students from Taylorville and Christian Co.
4-H members at the school, and Unit 16 4-H members interested would practice with that group. Any 4-H members interested in being involved with livestock judging are asked to email Sharon Lounsberry at email@example.com to have their name put on a contact list so we can share information as we know more.
- Rachel Fishburn from Sangamon County attended the Illinois 4-H Hunger Summit, the first statewide training to prepare 4-H teens to tackle hunger issuesin their local communities.
- Cheyenne Stout placed 3rd in the Dog Obedience Beginner Novice 2 class at theState Dog Show!
- Abe Lincoln Shooters 4-H Club hosted .22 Pistol and Rifle sessions this Fall atLefthander's Gun Club.
- During National 4-H Week 4-H staff provided a hands on science activity andpromoted 4-H in some of the local 3rd grade classrooms!
2019 Youth Livestock Superhero Conference: It’s More than ‘Meats’ the Eye
and disciplines of livestock production and exhibition. It will be held January 26 & 27 at the Decatur Conference Center. Here are a few of the "Glove-up" workshops we think you'll enjoy:
Youth Assemble! Help us unmask the possibilities of vet science in the Marvelous Medics workshop! Become a lifesaver as we learn how to dissect, inject, and get your suture-senses tingling! By the time you leave, you'll be able to
stitch, vaccinate, and see your way well enough to save the day!
"What Makes a Super Animal?"
Come discover the parts that gives super animals their power. Participants will get hands-on experience revolving around meat production. Individuals will get a chance to glove up and get into the cooler to explore a variety of different cuts. Use your X-ray vision with the help of ultrasound to see inside the super animals and "Super-Suit" up to end this session by competing against your peers. Here you will gain more power to fuel your super brains about the meat science industry.
Glove up and power up as you learn the basic of breeding and genetics. We will start with learning about the multiple gadgets that you use in the barn for artificial insemination. Our adventure then takes us under the microscope to view the early stages of life while simulating embryo transfer and in-vitro fertilization!
"Saving the Day, the Social Media Way"Save the livestock industry in the social media world with a jam-packed session about the proper way to promote animal science and 4-H to the general public. You will leave knowing how to respond to questions that families or reporters may have while walking through the barn at the fair. Learn the appropriate ways to use social media to promote not only the industry as a whole, but also your individual farm.
Tell your 4-H story and win a free t-shirt!
We'll choose 50 winners and feature your story and photo throughout the year! It's easy to enter.
1. Tell us what 4-H has inspired you to do! Your story can be as long or short as you want.
2. Include a picture … of you being inspired.
3. Email both to Judy at illinois4H@illinois.edu
4. If your family allows, post it to social media with the hashtag #4Hinspiresme. Tag @illinois4H so we'll see it too!
5. Grownups can play, too! We'll have a special category for 4-H alums and 4-H leaders.
6. The contest ends November 30!
Begin your global travels with 4-H:Applications are being accepted for participation in the 2019 4-H outbound international exchange programs being offered through University of Illinois 4-H and the States' 4-H International Committee. For 2019 interested 4-Hers between the ages of 12 – 18 have opportunities to travel to Japan, Costa Rica, Finland or South Korea. Check out the information for each country online @ go.illinois.edu/global4H.
Registration is OPEN! Join us for a trip to Washington!Many say it's the best trip of their 4-H career. Join us for Citizenship Washington Focus! The national conference is open to 4-H members age 14-18 by May 1, 2019. The trip is June 8-15. Teens explore the federal legislative process through workshops and hands-on sessions, tour historical sights and museums, provide youth voice on issues that concern them, visit federal legislative offices, and meet teens from other states. The 2019 cost is $1,400, with financial assistance from the Illinois 4-H Foundation. Register to attend NOW at go.illinois.edu/4HCWF. Space is available on a first-come; first-served basis, so don't wait too long!
Neat opportunity for 4-H alumOne of the most exciting trips 4-H members can take is the Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington D.C. Young adults are needed as program assistants for the summer program. The commitment includes three weeks of
training, seven weeks of programming, and one week of program wrap-up. During programming weeks, the assistants work with client groups for the group's entire stay, from Sunday afternoon until Friday night, working in
collaboration with each group's coordinator as well as Council program and planning staff. The assistants become licensed Class B Tour Guides for the District of Columbia metro area and will work to facilitate National 4-H
Council's educational curricula to groups of youth. Apply online by January 15 at 4-h.org/parents/citizenship-washington-focus/#!program-assistants
UPCOMING SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Scholarships honors 4-H club leader Two scholarships honor the late Joyce Betz. Joyce was a 4-H club leader in Will County and her children are current 4-H club members.
- A $500 TEACH OUTDOORS Scholarship will be awarded to a student who will be a freshman or sophomore in college or trade school during the 2019-2020 school year. Applicants must be a current high school or home school student. Applications are due January 1 and can be downloaded @ http://www.teachoutdoors.org/scholarship.html .
- The $1,000 Joyce Betz Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a 4-H member who will be a freshman or sophomore in college or trade school during the 2019-2020 school year. Applicants must be a current high school orhome school student. Applications are due January 1 and can be downloaded @ http://www.teachoutdoors.org/scholarship.html .
- It's a promise Beginning with first-time freshmen and new transfer students in the fall of 2019, all tuition and campus fees will befully covered for four years if an in-state student's family income is $61,000 (the median for the state) or less at theUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. Check out all the details online @ go.illinois.edu/college4me.
Club Meetings: An Essential Part of the 4-H ExperienceMastery, independence, belonging and generosity. These are the parts that make up the 4-H essential elements to create a positive environment for all youth in the 4-H program. The combination of these
promote youth development and empower members to contribute positive impacts to their club, their community, their country and their world!
- 4-H club meetings have been a primary method of delivery for 4-H members and their families since the foundation of the program. Meetings are structured encounters that serve as an effective means for delivering positive youth learning opportunities. They help guide youth to reach their full potential, while being involved andengaged. Participation in numerous related 4-H events have shown to increase participation, rather than just a single event.
- 4-H club meetings almost always have opportunities for club members to learn new things. They also create the perfect environment for active participation and a safe place for youth to meet new friends and share their ideas and opinions. Meetings are perfect avenues to put youth in charge, giving them leadership roles as officers and committee members which in turns provides the members a sense of ownership to their 4-H club. As a leader, you are there to help guide youth, while also providing a safe and caring adult figure who helps form the successful leaders of tomorrow. Don't just meet to meet, think about the purpose of your gathering. Meetings need to have an agenda to keep the group on task as well as a time limit so that families know what they are to expect when getting involved. Meetings should offer an opportunity for youth to all get involved. Try "Getting to know you" activities or group building tasks. There are many other extra-curricular at schools, church and other organizations that families must prioritize their activities in which they participate. 4-H meetings must offer true, valuableexperiences for members in order for 4-H to retain its position as vital and meaningful in the lives of young people.
- 4-H club meetings focus on 4-H programming, educational experience, community service and so much more! For ideas on how to make your meeting have youth voice youth choice, be fun and so much more call Carissa at 217-732-8289 or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Your Calendar:See newsletter and website for registration and further details
- November 1: First publication order for project members
November 19: Unit 16 4-H Horse Show Committee Meeting, Sangamon Office 6:30-8:00
November 29: 4-H Federation at Sangamon County Extension Office 6:00 p.m.
December 1: Mission TEAM training in Lincoln 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
December 10: Menard County Livestock Committee
December 13: Sangamon County Livestock Superintendents Meeting
December 17 DEADLINE - Registration for Youth Livestock Conference, Decatur
December 20: 4-H Federation at Sangamon County Extension Office 6:00 p.m.
- January 1, DEADLINE- Beef and Dairy Cows Ownership
- January 1 DEADLINE - Teach Outdoors & Joyce Betz Memorial Scholarship Due
Janurary 16: Archery Sessions begin at Springfield Archery
January 17: 4-H Federation at Sangamon County Extension Office 6:00 p.m.
January 24: 4-H Show All Superintendent's Meeting
January 26-27: Youth Livestock Conference, /Decatur (7th, 8th & 9th grade)
January 29: Annual Meeting Sangamon County 4-H Foundation and potluck 6:00 p.m.
- February 1, 2019 DEADLINE- Ownership of Steers
February 2: Beef Weigh-in at Greenhaven Animal Clinic (time TBD)
February 9: Beef Weigh-in at Petersburg Veterinary Clinic 9-10 a.m.
February 21:4-H Federation at Sangamon County Extension Office 6:00 p.m.
February 23-24: 4-H Junior Leadership Conference in Champaign (7th and 8th grade)
June 8-15: Citizenship Washington Focus Trip
June 9: Illinois 4-H Public Speaking Contest (tentative)
July 6: Sangamon-Menard 4-H General Project Show in New Berlin
July 6-7: 2018 4-H Show Weekend in New Berlin.